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The benefits to becoming a Central Hume PCP partner include:
  • A voice at the table when we are planning for our community needs.
  • Ability to influence collectively (not a lone voice).
  • Being able to influence change at the systems level through opportunities to collaborate
  • Access to information on sector changes.
  • Working with like-minded organisations to attract funding to meet identified community needs (partnerships are looked at more favourably by the funding bodies than sole organisation’s applying for funds).
  • Capacity to attract training opportunities to Central Hume by pooling resources.
  • Opportunities to participate in initiatives driven by other Central Hume PCP partners.
  • Access to resources e.g. building an evidence base, via the Central Hume PCP office team.

Partner Organisations

The Central Hume PCP comprises the following partner organisations:

Strategic Alliances

The Central Hume PCP identifies the following strategic alliances:

Health & Wellbeing Partnerships

Our mission states that by working together to strengthen collaboration and partnership we will drive real improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes that are meaningful in our community.

There are four health and wellbeing partnerships in the Central Hume PCP catchment.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnerships provide a platform for partners to work together to plan for the care and the health and wellbeing of communities in Alpine, Benalla, Mansfield and Wangaratta local government areas.

The purpose of the Health and Wellbeing partnerships is to:

  • Support and progress the strategic priorities of the Central Hume PCP.
  • Provide leadership on the impacts of social-determinants of health and collaborate to strengthen the local service system across the local government area.
  • Collaborate on and support the implementation of the Council Plan in relation to the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. This is done in conjunction with partner organisation’s strategic and operational plans where appropriate.
  • Collaboratively identify local priority issues in health promotion and primary prevention and work together to find avenues to address these priority issues.

Alpine Shire is located 286kms north east of Melbourne. The Shire is made up of 92% public land, including parts of Alpine National Park and all of Mount Buffalo National Park. The Shire’s economy is based on tourism, forestry and agriculture.

Communities in the municipality include three main towns Myrtleford, Bright and Mount Beauty, and the villages of Ovens, Porepunkah, Eurobin, Dederang, Wandiligong, Tawonga, Harrietville and Dinner Plain.

Alpine Shire Council had a total population of 12,337 people in 2016. The median age of Alpine residents has grown from 45 years in 2006 to 49 years in 2016. This is much older than the Victorian median of 37 years.

Alpine Council have identified, through the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, the following priorities:

  • Physical activity and healthy eating
  • Preventing Family Violence
  • Harmful alcohol and drug use
  • Socially connected and supported communities.

Download: Data Profile for Alpine
Download: Infographic for Alpine


Alpine Health & Wellbeing Partnership Projects

  • Activation of the Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre

    The Activation of the Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre project focused on increasing the activity at the centre by encourgaing the use of the centre by third party groups and revitalising the current space.  

    Download: Activation of the Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre Report

Benalla Rural City is located in north east Victoria, 193 km north east of Melbourne, and is centred on the Broken River valley. The current estimated resident population of Benalla Rural City Benalla is 13,597, with approximately 9,000 living in the Benalla township and the remainder living in rural settlements and smaller towns. Communities in the municipality include Acherton, Baddaginnie, Boho South, Glenrowan West, Lima, Lima South, Lurg, Molyullah, Moorngag, Samaria, Swanpool, Tatong, Upper Lurg, Upper Ryan’s Creek, Warrenbayne and Winton. The Benalla Rural City economic sectors include the town’s role as a regional centre, agricultural production, tourism and manufacturing. 

Benalla Rural City Council have identified, through the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, the following priorities:

  • Strengthen community capacity, emergency management preparedness, resilience and participation
  • Improve community connectedness and respect for diversity
  • Encourage community members to be healthy, safe and active

Download: Data Profile for Benalla
Download: Infographic for Benalla


Benalla Health & Wellbeing Partnership Projects

  • Project Scope Out

    The Benalla Rural City Council Plan 2017-2021 identified that the Benalla Rural City has a higher than average rate of disengagement from education and early school leaving. Re-engaging young people through education, employment and training is crucial for a thriving and prosperous community.

    Download: Project Scope Out Report
    Download: Project Scope Out Poster


 Rural Outreach Research

 The Rural Outreach Research Project identified key protective factors, issues, trends and the need for the type of support and services that will assist rural communities in the Benalla Rural City Council into the future.

Download: Rural Outreach Research Project Report


Wicking Garden Bed Project

Benalla Health, St Vincent de Paul’s Society Benalla and Beechworth Correctional Centre teamed up to build wicking garden beds in people’s backyards. The project aimed to reduce the reliance on emergency food relief, improve community connectivity and increase people’s knowledge, confidence and skills to grow their    own food at home

Download: Wicking Garden Bed Project Findings


Pathways to Safety Project, Improving Access for Vulnerable Clients

The Pathways to Safety Project aimed to strengthen service delivery through improving access for all community based clients in need of multiple services. The primary aim was to improve the client journey through the system, with a particular focus on the initial point of contact and on those who may be deemed more vulnerable.

Download: Pathways to Safety, Improving Access for Vulnerable Clients Project Report

Mansfield Shire is located in Victoria’s High Country just two hours north east of Melbourne.  The Mansfield Shire boasts major river systems, lakes, mountains and vast tracts of what is referred to as a ‘High Country’ and board, productive valleys where agriculture and rural living integrate.

Communities in the municipality include Mansfield, Mount Buller, Bonnie Doon, Jamieson, Merrijig, Tolmie and Woods Point.

Mansfield Shire Council had a total population of 3,410 people in 2016. The median age of Mansfield residents is 44.

Mansfield Shire Council have identified, through the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, the following priorities:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Community Resilience and Connection
  • Enhanced liveability

Download: Data Profile for Mansfield
Download: Infographic for Mansfield


Mansfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Projects

  • Youth Mental Health

    In a 2016 survey of young people aged 12-25, parents, and services in Mansfield identified that mental health was a significant issue of concern. A community wide strategy was developed to address the youth mental health issues in Mansfield.

    Download: Youth Mental Health Project Report
    Download: Youth Mental Health Project Poster


Social Media for Community Groups

This project aimed to deliver training and tools to equip community health and wellbeing organisations in Mansfield to develop and implement a social media strategy

Download: Social Media for Community Groups Project Report



Mansfield Vulnerable People Project

The Mansfield Vulnerable People Project aimed to develop a model of care to improve health and social outcomes for people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness in the Mansfield Community.

Download: Mansfield Vulnerable People Project Report



Mansfield Do It Festival

The Mansfield Do It Festival aimed to increase the engagement of Mansfield Shire’s various communities and build community awareness of options and information available on health and wellbeing.

Download: Mansfield Do It Project Report



Evaluation of the Mansfield Better Communities for Leadership Network

This project evaluated the Mansfield Better Communities for Leadership Network by applying the Collective Impact framework

Download: Better Communities for Children Leadership Network: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

The Shire of Wangaratta is located in the Hume region of Victoria, located in the north east part of the state and covers an area of 3,639 square kilometres. The Rural City of Wangaratta had a population of 28,310 people in 2016.

Communities in the municipality include Cheshunt, Eldorado, Everton, Glenrowan, Greta, Greta West, Milawa, Moyhu, Oxley, Tarrawingee, Wangaratta and Whitfield.

The industries in the Wangaratta Shire include transport and logistics, health services, education and government agencies, small businesses and a nationally significant agricultural industry.

The Wangaratta Shire is the hub for recreational, commercial, educational, tourism and health facilities.

The Rural City of Wangaratta have identified, through the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, the following priorities:

  • Prevention of violence
  • Achieving social equity
  • Supporting mental health
  • Enabling healthy behaviours
  • Building active communities

Download: Data Profile for Wangaratta
                                                     Download: Infographic for Wangaratta

Wangaratta Health & Wellbeing Partnership Projects

  • Respect & Equity Project

    A Respect and Equity Sporting Club Policy was developed and launched.

    Sporting clubs have often been described as the ‘heart and soul’ of rural communities, and can play a key role in shaping positive community attitudes and behaviour. By promoting equality and removing gendered practices, clubs can address the underlying drivers of violence against women, and challenge the attitudes and cultures that support violence against women.

    Download: Respect & Equity Case Study
    Download: Great Game Podcast Project Final Report
    Download: Respect & Equity Project Poster